Clarion Collection Croydon Park Hotel
7 Altyre Road
Croydon, EN CR9 5AA
Phone: (44) 20 86809200
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Arts & Museums
With Croydon's close proximity to London, its surprising to find this multi-dimensional arts space. Consisting of the Braithwaite Hall, a 150-person capacity conference and banquet space, Clocktower Court, David Lean Cinema, The Museum of Croydon, several workshops, and an exhibition space, including a café and bar, this is one of the largest and most dynamic centers in Croydon.
Originally known as Croydon Lifetimes Museum, Museum of Croydon is nestled inside the Croydon Clocktower arts facility. The museum exhibits the historical artifacts derived from the area along with the items from the Crystal Palace (a local football team), Chinese pottery and ceramics by Riesco Gallery and collection from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (music composer). Several exhibitions held at the venue can also be visited. Do check the website for more details.
Housing enthralling collections of everything from ethnography to musical instruments, a visit to the Horniman Museum and Gardens is a truly fascinating experience. In addition, the museum also offers an exciting glimpse into the threatened underwater world in the Living Waters Aquarium, where visitors can see a rich variety of creatures in pond, lake and sea environments. The Horniman Gardens complete the list of attractions. Originally part of Frederick Horniman's home, the Gardens have plenty to offer the visitor. During the summer months, there are numerous concerts held here, with entertainment facilities for younger visitors. Admission to the museum & gardens is free.
Designed by the Victorian architect Sir John Soane, this was the first public art gallery in Britain. The collection on display includes works by world-renowned artists such as Van Dyck, Canaletto, Watteau, Hogarth, Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and Reynolds. Dulwich Picture Gallery is based in picturesque Dulwich Village and is one of the hidden gems of Southwark. A practical art education studio, a lecture theater, an exhibition space and a cafe are also on site. On Saturdays and Sundays, the gallery offers free guided tour to all its visitors.
Whitehall is a fascinating museum within an old Tudor house in Cheam, Sutton, England. The impressive early 16th-century structure, timber-framed estate consists of an authentic Tudor kitchen, a fireplace replete with cooking equipment and an entire room dedicated to the fabulous Nonsuch Palace – a former palace built in the 17th-century by Henry VIII. The structure also consists of various Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian influences within its walls. Children’s entertainment includes dressing up in Victorian and Tudor era clothes and playing with traditional old-world toys. Also on the premises is a charming little tea room serving delicious cream tea and homemade cake. Public visitation is granted and admission is free. Wheelchair access is available and comfortable.
This photographic gallery and studio offers the use of two darkrooms (color and black and white), digital imaging equipment and even a picture library specializing in social issues. Educational and community events are also an important aspect of this center. You must be a member of Photofusion to access the facilities, so call for information. Photofusion also offers courses in photography and imaging. So go ahead, be click happy!
Founded in 1983, Brixton Art Gallery is a two level contemporary art gallery whose focus is to educate people about art through exhibitions, community activities and school programs. It regularly hosts exhibits by local and well known artists and is famous for their poetry nights. The gallery is also available on rent for various functions.
Established in 1998, the Red Gate Gallery in London's Brixton neighborhood has come a long way in promoting visual arts in the area. Supporting established and emerging artists with equal fervor, the exhibitions tend to reflect diverse themes. Their spacious and versatile gallery can be hired for meetings, workshops and social events, while one can also replenish oneself at the in-house cafe which serves sumptuous light snacks and drinks. Check their website for an idea of the kind of events and art work you can expect here.
The Clapman Gallery is a must-visit place for artists from all over the world. Housing works by international big wigs this arts gallery also finds and promotes emerging artists whose works are of the highest standard and quality. Works of esteemed artists including Kathryn Lang, Zavier Ellis, Paul Catherall, Sean Fairman and Jo Barrett are found here. The gallery predominantly deals with paintings but has ventured into sculpture, video and mixed media. Exhibitions are held here periodically and works of artists are showcased on a regular basis.
An eclectic celebration of modern art, the Museum of Contemporary Art occupies a prominent place in the South London region. The museum is associated with many exhibitions and shows that showcase the modern art in various forms. Apart from art shows, the museum also organizes video exhibitions. Dating back to the 1990s, the museum has carved a niche in the cultural scenario of modern day London. Check website for more information.
The only Grand-Slam still played on grass, Wimbledon has 19 main courts, but Number One and Centre Court are where to catch the major matches. The Wimbledon Tennis Championship draws thousands of visitors each year, including many celebrities keen to watch their favorite players, and so is the place to see and be seen each summer. Tickets for Wimbledon are by ballot form in December, so check the website for details. A few hundred tickets go on sale at 10:30a at the door on each day of the championships for those not lucky enough to have procured them earlier. Wimbledon also hosted tennis during the 2012 Olympic Games.
The Sassoon Gallery is a venue that plays host to a number of events ranging from art exhibitions and live theatre performances to seminars and workshops. The gallery attracts artists from the areas of London, Peckham and also international artists. The gallery is located within close proximity to the public transportation.